Overall Niche Grade
- Party SceneA+
- Campus FoodA+
- Student LifeA+
James Madison University is ...
NCAA Division I-AA
Colonial Athletic Association
James Madison University Rankings
Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.152 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.160 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.160 responses
Most Popular Majors
Community Health Services and Counseling355 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Humanities342 Graduates
Information Studies150 Graduates
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies146 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
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- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.214 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.246 responses
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 102 responsesReport
After James Madison University
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.110 responses
- Very Good1007
James Madison University is often called "the happiest place on Earth," right next to Disney World, of course! It's nestled in a valley, so you have a gorgeous view of the mountains from campus, and the sunsets are phenomenal. Everyone is so friendly and warm, and the school is ranked nationally for the great food. JMU even has a Starbucks truck that goes around campus! Professors want to see you succeed and there' a Student Success Center that offers tutoring, counseling, and many other services devoted to helping students. JMU is Divison I for most sports, except football, in which the Dukes are Divison II. All home football games are preceded by tailgates. Dukes work hard and play hard, so there is a party scene, but there's plenty to do in Downtown Harrisonburg on the weekends as well. Usually only freshmen live in the dorms on campus, however they are available to all students and there are on-campus apartment options. James Madison is an outstanding and well-rounded school.
- 16 days ago
JMU is a great place to be! The FOOD is so good, I cry tears of joy. Not only that, but there are so many memories that are made in the dining halls. Dining services is very active with the student body, something that many colleges don't have. Food is a BIG part of culture in the US, JMU does a fantastic job of honoring that culture and striving to create new traditions at the table. JMU is also the most beautiful college in the US. There is NOTHING like the Blue Ridge Mtns. Location, location, location! The views, the hiking, the rivers, the trains, it's practically indescribable. JMU is a MUST!
- College Sophomore
- 7 months ago
FrOG week was one of the greatest experiences of my life! It was so great to see so many upperclassmen coming together to welcome the incoming freshman class and give them advice! Every single person at JMU is friendly, and it's expected that we open doors for one another and pick up trash if we see it. Every single staff member greets you with a smile and a "Hello!" and all the students are welcoming and polite. Strongly recommend this school to EVERYONE!
- College Freshman
- 5 months ago